Rob Mills

Rob Mills

Infobox musical artist


Name = Rob Mills
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Background = Solo_singer
Birth_name = Robert Mills
Born = birth date and age|1982|06|21
Died =
Origin = Victoria, Australia
Instrument =
Genre = Pop
Occupation = Singer-songwriter, quiz show host
Years_active = 2003-present
Label = Sony BMG
URL = [http://www.robmills.net.au/ www.robmills.net.au]

Rob Mills (born June 1, 1982) is an Australian singer best known as one of the finalists from "Australian Idol 2003". He was recently a co-host on the late-night quiz show "The Mint" as well as a regular singer on the game show "The Singing Bee" both on the Nine Network. Currently, Mills is starring as Fiyero in the Melbourne production of the musical "Wicked".

Early life

Mills attended Brentwood Secondary College, frequently participating in the school Battle of the Bands concert.Mills formed a band called "The Megamen" with two friends and soon developed a keen following on the Melbourne live music scene especially their sessions every Sunday at the Red Eagle Hotel at Albert Park. Mills is a current resident of Melbourne.

"Australian Idol"

Mills was a contestant for the first series of "Australian Idol" and he made the top five. He performed on "Rise Up", the #1 Australian single performed by all the Australian Idol finalists in 2003. Mills performed the song "Dirty Girl" on the double platinum album "Australian Idol: Final 12" soundtrack released in October 2003.It was during this time that Mills had an affair with Paris Hilton.

Mills' "Australian Idol" song list:
# Melbourne Audition – "Swear It Again" (Westlife)
# Semi Final Group 5 – "Angels" (Robbie Williams)
# Final 12 (70s) – "Alright Now" (Free)
# Final 10 (#1 Hits) – "You Don't Treat Me No Good No More" (Sonia Dada)
# Final 8 (Aussie Hits) – "Take Me Back" (Noiseworks)
# Final 6 (80s) – "If I Could" (1927)
# Up, Close and Personal – "When You Say Nothing At All" (Ronan Keating)
# Final 5 (R&B/Soul) – "Too Close" (Next) and "If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (R. Kelly)

Post-"Idol"

He signed a contract with BMG in 2004. His first album "Up All Night" was released in Australia on June 14, 2004 and debuted in the top 40. The first single from the album "Ms Vanity" was released on May 31 in Australia and debuted at #6 in the Australian singles charts.Fact|date=August 2007

Mills took his live show on the road, touring the east coast of Australia, playing from Cairns to Tasmania in July 05. As well many music performances on national TV, KAK, The Today Show, Carols By Candlelight.

This was followed by his starring role as Johnny Casino alongside John Farnham, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Craig McLachlan in "Grease - The Musical Arena Tour". The tour was a commercial and critical success. Fact|date=September 2007.

Mills hosted a new television show "Stooged" on Network Ten, [cite web | title = The Mint - Rob Mills | work = The Mint | publisher = Channel Nine | date = | url = http://channelnine.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=281655 | format = HTML | accessdate = 2007-08-17 ] a hidden-camera show. The show premiered on 28 July 2005 to good ratings but was a victim of confused network programming.

During Triple M's tsunami fundraiser, where people pledged money to hear their favourite song played, Mills rang up and requested his own song. This was a request made of him by the radio station, testament to Mills' ability to take the mickey out of himself. [cite web | title = Rob Mills | work = NineMSN Music | publisher = NineMSN | date = | url = http://music.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=284042 | format = HTML | accessdate = 2007-08-17 ]

Mills confessed on the television show "Spicks and Specks" that he had a brief but highly publicised tryst with celebrity heiress Paris Hilton at the Melbourne Cup of 2003. [cite news | last = Warneke | first = Ross | title = Australian Idol | work = TV & Radio | publisher = The Age | date = 2003-11-06 | url = http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/11/06/1067989608133.html | accessdate = 2007-08-17 ] He later made fun of the tryst by singing "I Love Paris" (best known in a recording by Frank Sinatra) to close-off the show.

In May 2007, Mills appeared as the lead role of Claude in the sold out Perth production of the rock musical "Hair" along with Cosima De Vito and Nikki Webster. The production was directed by Chris Kabay and musically directed by Simon Holt of Yellow Glass Theatre.

Premiering on 31 July 2007, Mills is a co-host of the late-night quiz show "The Mint" on the Nine Network.

Most recently he appeared in a stunt for the ABC TV show "The Chaser's War on Everything" alongside Craig Reucassel that satirised the Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon.

In October 2007, Mills and three others were selected to be regular singers on the game show "The Singing Bee".

Mills is currently playing Fiyero in the Melbourne production of the hit musical "Wicked". The cast also features Lucy Durack, Amanda Harrison, Maggie Kirkpatrick, and Anthony Callea. [cite news | last = Gans | first = Andrew | title = Harrison, Durack, Guest, Mills, Callea and Kirkpatrick to Star in Australia's Wicked | work = theatre | publisher = The Age | date = 2008-12-02 | url = http://www.playbill.com/news/article/115031.html | accessdate = 2008-02-12 ]

Discography

Albums

* "Up All Night" (2004) - #21 Australia.

ingles

* Rise Up "- with the Australian Idol Cast" - #1
* Dirty Girl – (radio promo release only)
* Ms. Vanity – #6 Australia (Gold)
* Every Single Day (song) – #24 Australia
* Overrated – (digital release only)

References

External links

* [http://www.robmills.net.au/ Rob Mills]
*imdb name|name=Rob Mills|id=1467180


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